Future Smartphones Will Skip the Celltower Altogether

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Tue, Sep 30th, 2014 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to Technology Review, tech companies — among which Qualcomm and Facebook — are working towards developing smartphones that, through their LTE radio, will bypass celltowers completely and connect to other smart devices up to half a kilometre away.

“You can think of LTE Direct as a sixth sense that is always aware of the environment around you,” said Mahesh Makhijani, technical marketing director at Qualcomm, at a session on the technology. “The world around you is full of information, and the phone can use that to predict and to help you in your everyday life.”

Beacons using LTE Direct could broadcast useful information as well as special offers. A beacon installed in an airline check-in desk, for instance, might offer information on delays to people nearby who are booked on an affected flight.

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